The shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a
'We want to make the residents familiar with [our armored vehicle] and know that this is a Winchester Police Department vehicle,” said Lauren Cummings, a spokesperson for the department. “They don't need to be worried about it. It is a recovery vehicle, strictly for the use for going in and helping residents or an officer that may be down."
The events in
"Obviously it has gotten some negative press right now, as far as with
"During an extraordinary situation this vehicle can be brought in so we can pick up the injured, and get them out of what we call the 'hot zone,'" said Captain Mike Danielson, with the WPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. “We can get [the injured] back to the medics. And nice thing about this is that we can have the medics inside the vehicle with us as well."
The M-RAP vehicle can fit ten people comfortably and while they usually cost more than $700,000 the Winchester Police Department's was completely free of charge thanks to a
"It’s not an offensive vehicle. It's not an attack vehicle,” said Danielson. “We have it here as just another tool to help us do our job as safe as we can, [which is] to protect our officers, to protect the public, and to protect any suspects that we come into as well."
"This vehicle will not be used in the City of
The Winchester Police Department has also recently acquired a new rapid deployment vehicle for their SWAT team, which cost the them about $60,000.